11Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the
conviction of things not seen.
6And without faith it is impossible to please God, for
whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those
who seek him.
17So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
3because you know that the testing of your faith produces
18to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness
to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive
forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
17So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard
comes through the word of Christ.
2The only thing I want to learn from you is this: Did you
receive the Spirit by doing the works of the law or by believing what you heard?
2 Timothy 4:7
7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith.
2 Corinthians 5:7
7for we walk by faith, not by sight.
How often do I post a blog and say “this is a quick thought” and it ends out not to be as ‘quick’ as any of us thought?! Well, hopefully this one will be somewhat ‘quick’! What is this post about? Something that we can’t see -faith. I hope you all will endeavor here with me because I want to pose that many who claim to have faith, simply wear it. These people seemingly consider faith as something that can be seen (religious/ritual-oriented folk). What happens; however, when the blind want to understand what faith is? They don’t have the ability to see – how else, then, can faith be modeled without fashion?
I hear many people quote Hebrews 11:1 all the time. When I read it on Wednesday (thanks to my church’s Community Bible Study; live streaming) I didn’t quite understand the ‘hype’/the ‘noise’ about this scripture, “11Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” This translation of the bible focuses, through repetition, on “things”. I found this interesting. I read it like this, ‘Faith is sure of what you want, even when you don’t have it’-trinityizreal. My thought process is….why have a substance that is governed in/on ‘things’ – when those things can be taken, destroyed, and changed? Faith ought not be a trend, something that changes with the seasons. It shouldn’t be something you do or say you do because everyone is doing it. Why? Since, faith is what you want, consider that everyone doesn’t want the same things. Why, then, would you follow those who wear faith and take it off when the feeling or whether/weather the fit changes? When we grow/gain some weight, we oftentimes get new clothes because the old clothes no longer fit – we realize how much we’ve outgrown them because the feeling isn’t the same as it once was. Do you trust the feeling or the fit?
Hebrews 11:6 states, “6And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” This makes me ask, what is your faith doing? James 2:17 declares, “17So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” So, if you aren’t desiring to please God or gain the rewards through seeking Him and if you don’t believe that He exists, why hold faith like a hand bag? Why sport it like you are wearing it never to take it off, when you put it on just to change out of it into something else? Sometimes, faith gets to be too much, too heavy, too uncomfortable, (Hebrews 11:1) too convicting of the things that we know we don’t have and so we take it off.
Faith with and for fashion, like James 2:17 says, “is dead.” It isn’t doing anything. It isn’t living; in fact it has ceased to live. How do you have faith if not for fashion? How can it get you what you want? What kind of ‘works’ enables your faith to live again? I can be incorrect, but I only know of one way to get life after it has been lost…that is to be found. And I only know of works that are compensated through Christ’s shed blood. Romans 10:17 discloses, 17So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.” I get it, you like wearing it-faith-because it looks good but what about when you wear it and it doesn’t even match with the rest of what you are wearing? What happens when the conviction of your wardrobe malfunction is taken off? You may feel like something is missing. You ever lose an earring or a bracelet or anything that you had on prior to this realization of loss? How do you find what you lost? Possibly, you could consider where you’ve been or who you were with (because maybe the others have seen what you can’t find). Maybe, without it, you will put something else in its place. Again, the scripture says, “17So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” It doesn’t say, ‘So faith by itself, if it has no [wardrobe], is dead.’ Maybe, if faith comes from what is heard and it can’t live without works – let us consider that the ‘works’ are not only hearing the word but living what it says.
Faith is not what you wear or how you appear to be or are perceived by others. Faith is not seen, it isn’t visible. It is action, it’s a lifestyle!
Galatians 3:2 confronts us, “The only thing I want to learn from you is this: Did you receive the Spirit by doing the works of the law or by believing what you heard? I ask, what do you want? Do you want something that looks good or something that you hope for? Fashion has gotten you to adopt what others want as your own. You put it on, you wear it but it doesn’t fit and its not even your size. You seemingly realize that because of how you feel in it, but you leave it in your wardrobe.
These ‘works’ come by ‘hearing’ and the works show you; whereas before you were blind, what you can have when you believe in what has no limits…the word of God. I read 2 Corinthians 5:7 as, ‘for sight blinds us of the way, but by faith we walk with certainty’-trinityizreal! Fashion knows no limits. Faith has no limits.
2 Corinthians 5:7, “for we walk by faith, not by sight.”